Top 10 International Sci-Fi TV Series
The concept of ‘Web Series’ has been introduced to the world by the Western media. Web series have given a huge boost to the creators who wish to work beyond the imagination of the common man and also have encouraged people to work beyond the barriers of censorship. Here are the Top 10 Sci-Fi, International TV Series are:
10. Altered Carbon (2018)
The society has transformed. Consciousness has been digitized. Human bodies are now interchangeable. Death is no more permanent. The 2018 Netflix Original focuses on Takeshi Kovacs, a lone soldier from the interstellar warrior group. For centuries, his mind has been imprisoned. Laurens Bancroft gives him a chance at life, but at the cost of solving a murder, Bancroft himself.
Cast: Martha Higareda, Tamara Taylor, Antonio Marziale, Joel Kinnaman
9. Lost in Space (2018)
Lost in Space is set 30 years in future where the Robinson Family has been tested and selected among those few families that will be sent to make a better life for themselves. The challenge arrives when the Robinson family is abruptly torn off course en route their new home.
Cast: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall
8. Counterpart (2018)
Counterpart, is a story about Howard Silk, a Berlin-based United Nations Spy Agent. He finds out that his organization is safeguarding a secret crossing the parallel dimension. He meets a trustworthy man, but he is a counterpart from the parallel world. The series covers different technological aspects that take in the parallel dimension.
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Harry Lloyd, NazaninBoniadi, Nicholas Pinnock
Production/Channel: Straz Production
7. Legion (2017)
Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont, Legion is a story based on a troubled young man, David Haller. He is diagnosed with Schizophernia as a child. He spends his life changing hospitals and asylums, getting treated. His life turns completely upside down when Syd (Rachel Keller), a beautiful but troubled patient comes to David’s hospital. David realises that the voices he hears and the visions he sees inside his head might be real.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder
Production/Channel: FX Networks
6. Sense8 (2015)
Another Netflix Original, Sense8, features 8 strangers belonging to different parts of the world. These strangers are mysteriously linked to each other physically and mentally to each other. These people are called ‘Sensates’ and they can share their knowledge and skills physically. Their challenge is to kill the villainous sensate who is trying to hunt them down and use their own powers against them.
Cast: Jamie Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Bae Doo-na, Aml Ameen, Tina Desai
5. The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Based on Margaret Adwood’s novel, the series takes place in a dystopian future where the fertility rates have dropped way down and fertile women (Handmaids) are forced into servitude. The series has tried to portray the ritual of raping the handmaids for progeny to the rich couples. This series is one of its kind and hence has received a lot of appreciation from the critics as well as the viewers.
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Samira Wiley
Production/Channel: Hulu Production/AXN
4. The X-Files (1993)
A 2018 Fox Production, X-Files features Scully and Mulder, FBI Agents who are introduced to the Sci-Fi series of X-Files that include the cases of UFO Sightings, alien abductions or anything paranormal. The series shows the journey of these two agents trying to solve these cases in their own style.
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jerry Hardin, William B. Davis
Production/Channel: Fox Production
3. Westworld (2016)
This is a series based in an Old West Theme Park. But instead of dinosaurs, guests get to interact with Automatons. However, the interactions are scripted by the park creators. This series is based on the 1973 feature film directorial debut, Michael Crichton.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden
2. Stranger Things (2016)
Set in 1983, Indiana, a young boy vanishes into thin air. While solving the case of the young boy, the government comes across mysterious supernatural forces, top secret government projects and a very strange little girl. The series is packed with thrill, anticipation and excitement for every other step.
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin
Honourable Mention: The Expanse (2015)
Set 200 years in the future, where humanity has colonised the solar system and the people are divided due to war, Julie Mao has started has begun a new life in the asteroid belt, leaving her father and his business behind. She works for the disenfranchised ‘belters’. The series, based on the novel series by James S.A. Corey and, revolves around the efforts of Julie Mao and other characters fighting against the threats from Mars and a Quasi-Terrorist group called OPA.
Cast: Florence Vanida Faivre, Steven Strait, Shawn Doyle, Dominique Tipper
Production/Channel: Syfy Production
1. Black Mirror (2011)
Black Mirror is a 2017 Netflix Original. It taps into the theme of contemporary paranoia, how the technology has taken over each and every aspect of the human life, without our questioning. Every pair of hands and eyes have a plasma screen, mobile screen, laptop in front of them. Black Mirror is reflecting the 21st Century’s existence back at us.
Cast: Rory Kinnear, Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Jessica Brown Findlay
So here is your list for binge-watching this summer. We hope you get lost in the world of Sci-Fi !